The Bungalow on the Beach, Tranquebar

1 - Bungalow on the Beach

Entrance to Bungalow on the Beach

In Tranquebar, I stayed at the excellent Bungalow on the Beach, run by The Neemrana Group. It was the closest one could get to a Grand Hotel in the town, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The origins of the building aren’t very clear – it was probably built in the early 1800s during the Danish era. From 1845, when the British took over, the building then became the former British Tax Collector’s Summer Residence. Architecturally, it was designed in an eclectic style, with a basic, European, Neo-classical form and large verandahs going all around the building on the first and second floors to take account of the weather.

Originally in an advanced state of dilapidation, it was acquired by Neemrana Group in the early 2000s, and after extensive restoration, opened as a hotel in 2004. Unfortunately, the 2004 tsunami struck soon after, and it required more restoration before being re-opened again.

The interiors of the building are designed to evoke the Danish era, with aqua-blue highlights on the walls, and rooms named after Danish Monarchs and princes. The highlight of my stay was the swimming pool, set in a spectacular location right by the waters of the Bay of Bengal.

Another highlight was the delicious food served in the hotel’s restaurant – which, being Tamil cuisine, was something I was extremely familiar with. One evening I ordered the “Special Tharangambadi Fish Curry”, only to find out – after having a taste – that it was essentially the same as Muthu’s Fish Curry back home in Singapore.

Talk about home away from home.

2 - View rom Afar

View of The Bungalow on the Beach from the entrance of Fot Dansborg.

3 - Exterior

Side view of The Bungalow on the Beach, from its grounds.

4 - Entering

5 - Lobby

The Main lobby.

6 - Upstairs lobby

The second floor

7 - Upstairs light

8 - My room

My room, with its

9 - Old decor

Ornamentation on the walls.

10 - View balcony

Idyllic view of the verandah and the Bay of Bengal just beyond.

11 - View Balcon

12 - Breakfast Area

The outdoor dining area

13 - Interior Breakfast

The indoor dining area.

14 - Poriyal

Poriyal – a vegetable dish involving various different kinds of vegetables lightly fried with shaved coconut. It’s absolutely delicious and extremely healthy.

15 - Downstairs balcon

Downstairs verandah.

16 - Stairs up

Stairway to the second floor.

17 - Swimming Pool

Goodbye The Bungalow on the Beach and goodbye Tranquebar!

Next stop on the Grand Tour III: Colombo, Sri Lanka

About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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